Ross Township police are investigating four residential burglaries in the past week, all within a mile of each other in the vicinity of the Northway Mall.
"There was a break-in on Wednesday, Oct. 17 on Babcock Boulevard near Browns Lane, then on Saturday, Oct. 20 on Pinewood Terrace, then Tuesday Oct. 23 on Marie Drive," said Detective Brian Kohlhepp. "The most recent was Wednesday afternoon on Swann Drive off of Babcock Boulevard."
See the map underneath the photo box for the locations of these streets.
All four burglaries had three things in common:
- Entry was made by forcing rear doors or windows open.
- The burglar(s) appear to be looking for jewelry.
- All occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
"That's the great misconception, that burglars break into homes in the middle of the night," said Kohlhepp. "It's just the opposite, they like to work during the day, when most people are at work. Burglars will instead break into commercial establishments late at night, when no one is around."
Ross Police said in a statement that patrols in the areas of the burglaries have been increased, but that residents should remain vigilant:
- Report any suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood.
- Look for people in the rear or side yards of homes, or knocking on any door of a house for no obvious reason.
- Keep homes locked and jewelry secured, or at the very least, out of sight.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see anything suspicious.